Monday, July 15, 2013

A wonderful gift

I don't have much to show this week.  I had some secret stitching to do (not model stitching), which took most of the week.  And then I just knitted, adding some more rows to my Wearwithall Stole.  Not enough to show, so I won't.  Boring post, huh?

But I did receive a wonderful gift from a dear friend.  Out of the blue, because she knew how desperate I was to take this class with Ellen Chester, but have never had the chance, she gifted me with her class kit for that wished for class!


It's the Needleworker's Sampler Huswif.  It even has my friend's needlebook piece that she started in class!   She also gifted me a couple of Quiltmania magazines that I didn't have.  I was bowled over by my friend's generosity!  Thank you so much, dear friend!  I know I already said it, but I just had to say it again!  I'm going to start this asap!

I'm still hoping Ellen Chester comes to my area to teach sometime.  The one time she was teaching somewhat close to me, DS was having surgery so I couldn't go.

My friend also seemed to know just what to get for Mia.


See that green thing?  It's a little toy bird that makes a tweety sound and has catnip in it and feathers on it.  Mia loves it!

The girl child came home for a short visit this weekend, which was nice.  She got to visit with her friends in the neighborhood as well.

Mia and the boy child:


Yes, the boy child is using Mia for a pillow.  (Don't worry, he wasn't really.  Mia wouldn't have allowed it!)

Mia was back to one of her usual perches this week.


You'd think she would be too hot with this weather.  But she still loves the sun.  And yes, she has her two little paws on the window.


Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a good week.


50 comments:

marly said...

What a special gift! You're a lucky girl to have friends that are so thoughtful. And Mia is always a treat to view.

Vera said...

What a fabulous gift Margaret...you're a lucky one!! We have the same toy for Tyge...he destroyed it in about one day!! Feathers all over the house -- it was funny. He still plays with it even though the sound and most of the catnip & stuffing are gone.

My Xstitch Place said...

beautiful special gift :)

Keeper of the Crowes said...

Such a kind and generous friend! I'm so happy for you, Margaret!

Poussy Stitches My Love said...

Margaret = whomen lucky !!!
very beautiful gifts !
bisous bisous de FRANCE

Annie said...

What a fabulous gift! In and of itself, it is wonderful, but made more so since it's something you really wished for.

And that special gift for Mia... what a treat for the the kitty! Not always easy to know what your recipient will appreciate.

BrendaS said...

What a wonderful gift Margaret! How lucky are you:)

Melissa said...

What a lovely gift from your friend, and a bonus one for Mia as well. You need to do something special for her now! It's always lovely to get something you dearly wish for - enjoy!

Cari said...

What a wonderful friend you have Margaret. I have that class piece and I'm only about as far as your friend got. It's a beautifully designed piece.

Mia is a sweetheart. I LOVE CATS !! I think they are so entertaining !

Have a great needle week !! Hugs

woolwoman said...

so glad you got that WMN class kit gifted to you Margaret - I have that one - just sitting and waiting LOL ! It's a beauty. Glad Miss Mia got a present too. Have a great week - mel

Evelyne said...

What a wonderful gift Margaret!
I love Ellen Chester her work too, but there aren't classes in my neighbourhood either!!
Mia is also lucky with her present.

I look forward to see your stitching!

Have a nice week, Evelyne

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Oh Margaret, I am so envious - I just love this design and couldn't go to the class when Ellen Chester took it in England. I look forward to watching you stitch it - at least I get to enjoy it from a distance. Mia is looking gorgeous as always.

cucki said...

What a sweet gift ...everything is so sweet...
Sending you big hugs x

Mugwump Woolies said...

What a lovely gift...know you can't wait to get to it.
Have a great week,
Robyn

Linda said...

What an awesome gift Margaret. Something to always remember your friend by. Cute pics of Mia.

Linda

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

How wonderful that your friend gifted you her kit! Cant wait to see your stutching! Great pics of Mia!

Melanie said...

What a wonderful gift!!!!! It's just perfect for you. And Mia. :)

Vickie said...

Fantastic and thoughtful! Good for you. We will enjoy it with you. =)

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

I'm stitching this piece also and am almost done. I wil post pics on my blog when complete. Ellen was a fun class. One of my favorites ever. If you ever get the chance its a must do.I am framing mine tho. I can't see having all those wonderful rows rolled up LOL

Merry Wind Farm said...

Hi, Margaret,
What a wonderful gift from your friend! How generous of her! I have a lot of Ellen/s charts, but have never taken a class from her. Do you belong to her online group? I have stitched almost all of her yearly samplers. As usual, Mia is so photogenic and cute.
Melinda

Jeannine520 said...

Wow, what a great gift!! Lucky!!!!! I'm going to have fun watching you stitch it.

I love the pics you post of your son and Mia. My family has always said, "great guys always have a cat", they actually have many versions of the saying but all mean the same thing. :-)

xstitchatoz said...

What a great friend and gift! Enjoy!

Mary said...

Nargaret, I took this class with Ellen when she taught it for our local group a few years ago, Have I finished the project? No....so I'll follow your progress with great interest. Stitching friends are the best!

Ellen said...

Wonderful gifts from your friend! I also love Ellen's designs! Will follow your progress ha ha!

Love Mia!

Hugs,

Dawn said...

That Mia is just too sweet.
What a great friend to share! Ellen projects look great. She taught here a while back. I was sorry I had to miss it.
The huswife roll up looks really really special...and tempting.

Deb said...

That is such a wonderful gift!! Definitely had to make your week!

Catherine said...

Fabulous gift!! Sweet Mia, she always makes me simile!

Deborah said...

Great gift! Mia is as sweet as ever.

Beth said...

What a super gift for you...and for Mia! Glad to know that all is well in Mia's world (as it should be what with her being a cat and all!)

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what a fantastic gift this is. Such a wonderful friend. I'm sure you will start on it as soon as you can.

Chris said...

How wonderful!I think that is my favorite of Ellen's teaching pieces.
I hope you and Mia stay cool and have a great week!

CATHY DANIEL said...

That really is such a lovely gift - something to treasure. Your cat seems to be quite a character - as most cats are! xCathy

Faye said...

Oh wow!!! Love what your generous friend gifted you!!! I agree, taking one of Ellen's class would be the treat of a lifetime!!!!

Melody said...

How nice that your friend gifted you with the Ellen Chester piece! I'm sure you will stitch it up in no time!

So thoughtful that she thought of Mia as well. :)

Penny said...

What a beautiful design, Margaret! And what a kind and generous friend! :) Mia always makes me smile. I love how she really has a hold on her new toy. :)

Carol said...

Stitchers are the most generous people, aren't they, Margaret!! Enjoy those lovely gifts :)

Marsha said...

That is a wonder sampler or huswif. I took that class from Ellen and got about as far as your friend. I will finish it though - someday. Her directions are wonderful.

Krista said...

What a wonderful gift! I hope Ellen Chester does a class sometime in this area. If you should hear please let me know, would love to take one of her classes too. Mia looks like she is having fun in the heat... me, not so much! lol! Keep cool, Margaret! This heatwave is NO fun!

Sherry said...

What a great gift! Looks like Mia isn't going to let go of her new toy.

Karoline said...

What a great gift from your friend. I would love to do that project and was really disappointed that I couldn't make the class when Ellen taught it in the UK

Giovanna said...

Lovely gift - enjoy!

Julie M said...

What a wonderful gift from a friend! She must cherish your friendship very much.

Teresa S. said...

What a great stitchy friend, Margaret! I'm happy for you. It is a lovely design.

Wanda said...

Mia is so adorable! What a fabulous gift! I hope you had a wonderful birthday filled with everything you love, Wanda

Cathy Lloyd said...

What a kind and generous friend Margaret! I took that class and have that one actually finished and hanging on my wall. It was a very fun stitch! Enjoy the journey!

Sally said...

Oooh what a wonderful gift Margaret. I can't wait to see your progress.

Anne said...

That's so sweet of your friend to send you the class project!! Can't wait to see your start. Sending you and Mia hugs!!

Sherry :o) said...

What an awesome gift! I have that kit and tok the class a few years ago. It was fun and of course, I still have not finished. I bet you get it done much quicker than me - LOL.

Debby said...

I'm a bit late, but Happy Birthday! I hope you had a lovely day, and seeing your pictures, it was!

Greetings from Debby,
From a very hot Holland!

Solstitches said...

What a kind and thoughtful friend.
I hope you get to take the longed for class with Ellen one of these days.
Margaret